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Alliance for Community Trees Day

November 19, 2019

Presented by: The Arbor Day Foundation

Event Information

The trees that make up our communities also inspire us to work together to change our cities and towns for the better. Not only are trees at the heart of our missions, but they keep us connected throughout the year as we learn and grow together, as a network. Together we’re inspiring new tree planters and planting more trees than ever before. Alone, in our communities, we can do so little. But working together, as a network, we can do so much. Knowing that we’re stronger together will allow us to continue raising the awareness of trees as a solution to some of the world’s mos pressing issues. For over 25 years Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) members have planted and cared for trees, changing the landscape of our community habitat. Join us this year at ACT Day to network, learn, and be inspired by members and other industry professionals as we strengthen this network and industry – together.

This meeting offers:

  • Peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Networking
  • Educational sessions

The ACT Day 2019 Corona Tools Awards
Thanks to a generous grant from Corona Tools, we’ll be awarding 10 grants to ACT members in attendance at ACT Day in Cleveland. Grants are valued at $1,000 each and will be redeemed for a preselected set of tools. To be considered for funding, please fill out this short application.

Registration Fees

$135 for members

$235 for non-members

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date November 19, 2019

  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:00–8:15 a.m. Welcome
    Matt Spitsen, Arbor Day Foundation
  • 8:15–9:15 a.m. USDA Forest Service UCF Programs
    Jan Davis, Assistant Director Coop Forestry, USDA Forest Service

    The Keys to the City: Turning Local Officials into Tree Huggers
    Jane Goodman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga River Restoration
  • 9:15–9:45 a.m. Growing a Nonprofit. Growing Impact.
    Mark Cassini and Matt Shipley, Co-Directors, Community Greening
  • 9:45–10:30 a.m. Fundraising
    Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer, Bloomerang
  • 10:30–11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00–11:25 a.m. Mentor Exchange Lightning Round:
    Greenscape of Jacksonville | Speak for the Trees | Metro Denver Nature Alliance
  • 11:25–11:40 a.m. Carbon+ Credits for City Trees
    Mark McPherson, Executive Director, City Forest Credits
  • 11:40 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Forests for Floodplains: Large-Scale Reforestation for Carbon+ Credit Trading
    Andreina Alexatos -- Director of Reforestation, TreeFolks
  • 12:00–1:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:15–1:50 p.m. Mentor Exchange Lightning Round
    Smart Trees Pacific | The Park People | Trees Matter | TreeUtah
  • 1:50–2:05 p.m. Urban Tree/Forest Conversations with an Urban Greening Nonprofit - 2006-19
    Burney Fischer, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
  • 2:05–2:20 p.m. Earth Day 2020: How to Plant Tens of Thousands of Trees with Volunteers in One Week
    Claus Eckert, Executive Director, Green Columbus
  • 2:20–2:35 p.m. Forestry Trainees
    Michael Dugan, Director of Forestry, Openlands
  • 2:35–2:45 p.m. The Great Oak Count and The OakWell Survey: Comprehensive Surveys of Palo Alto’s Native Oaks
    Elise Willis, Community Forestry Manager, Canopy
  • 2:45–3:15 p.m. Break
  • 3:15–4:30 p.m. Panel: Equity, Diversity and Workforce Development
  • 4:30–5:00 p.m. Special Event
  • 5:00–5:10 p.m. Closing Thoughts
  • 5:10–6:10 p.m. Social Hour & Awards